We have worked with sports for change project beneficiaries around the world. We help partners use Participatory Video to enable those who are most directly affected, communicate their projects, share their stories of change and create powerful messages for their peers and for audiences across social, geographical & cultural divides.
In December 2007, Kenya - long considered one of the most stable countries in East Africa - descended into political violence following disputed presidential elections. The city of Eldoret was one of the locations where the violence escalated. Mercy Corps decided to use sport in Eldoret as a means to change perceptions between tribes, build peace, promote reconciliation and give young people a hope for the future. The program was called LEAP Sport and is being run by a local organisation called A-STEP.
At the start of the post election violence, Peter lost his uncle during an attack on their compound. He became depressed started using drugs. He talks about how he was able to begin to address his anger and resentment for other ethnic groups on the football pitch, through the LEAP SPORT program.
During the post-election violence in Kenya in 2007-8, David was shot by an arrow into his chest. He tells his story about how he recovered, but then developed deep resentment for another tribe. Through the LEAP SPORT programme, he was able to learn to forgive, but also to become a mediator to help resolve conflicts around him. David is now a group leader in A-STEP, he has a new life and an important role in his community.
One dozen of the most dynamic young leaders (ages 16-32) from community- and sport-based organizations throughout Africa gathered at the 2007 Next Step conference in Namibia and learned to use multimedia tools to represent experiences of the conference's youth delegation.
This film was shot and directed by the members of Namibia's Special Olympics Team. Made up of individuals with mental disabilities who are all taking part in China's Special Olympics taking place in October 2007.